“ Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,.” 1 Peter 1:8
“Where’s my Jesus emoji when I need it?” my fingers sent via text…
That’s truly how I feel most days. He’s the reason for all of my smiley-faced messages and sunshiny stature. The reason I get up in the dark and seek Him in quiet with my warm cup of coffee. Belief blossoms into a beautiful friendship of saving faith.
“Though you have not seen him, you love him…”
God’s love requires faith, and faith is so much deeper than what we can see or understand. Faith gives feet to trust in what God has planned for our lives. Not being able to see God …not being able to witness Jesus’ miracles …doesn’t make Him any less real. Whether we believe or not, He is still in control of the universe, still sitting at the right hand of God, and loving us with a perfect love that we are incapable of understanding.
What causes us to love God though we’ve never met? He is in us. The moment we accept Jesus He seals us as His and the Spirit dwells in us from that day forward. It’s a love that we don’t have to see, feel, or hear. It’s a love we know. A love we believe. A Cross we point to.
“…and though you do not see him now, you believe in him…”
We don’t see Him now, but there is something in us from the very beginning that seeks Him. That seeks God’s presence. That seeks to abide with our Father, our Creator, and His Son. And once the Spirit begins to move in our hearts …our lives are never the same. We can’t go back. We know too much.
“…and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.”
Inexpressible. That accurately describes the feeling of being saved from ourselves and this world. Inexpressible. How do we thank Jesus for dying on the cross for us when He didn’t have to? For coming down from heaven to show us the way …and to make a way for us to be with Him? Kind of makes us feel …convicted.
Father, Praise You for the glorious joy that You plant in our hearts! Thank You for the innate desire to be in Your presence, and forgive us for avoiding Your love at the cost of our stubborn solutions and band aid solutions to problems and trials. Bless our lives with belief in Your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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